BEATRIZ COLOMINA PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY PDF

Endorsements With her investigation of the apparent contradiction between the realms of intimate life at home and public communication, Beatriz Colomina shapes a fresh interpretation of the design strategies of Loos and Le Corbusier. Photography appears here not only as an instrument of mere documentation, but as a potent tool used in the first third of the century by these revolutionary architects in shaping the reading of new domestic space. Colomina skillfully unveils the opening scene of an architectural epic based on public seduction strategies and private spatial intrigues. As the book progresses, the entire structure that organizes the diffusion of the commonplace of modern architecture is gradually unfolded until we are presented with a reading that is both critical and highly innovative. To think architecture as hovering between the question of space and the question of representation—to think architecture in its rich and multiple forms of materiality—is one of the crucial incitements of this book. Strongly recommended for anyone who wants to rethink and positively question common assumptions about modernist architecture.

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James A. Cox Distinguished Lecture Campbell Hall Image not credited in the book. X-ray Architecture ; Are we Human?

Colomina has lectured extensively at universities and art museums throughout the world and has curated a series of international exhibitions, based on archival and oral history research, as interfaces to communicate research to wider audiences with physical installations, digital platforms and new forms of publications. She is the recipient of numerous diverse awards and fellowships, including the Samuel H. This lecture will explore the psychopathologies of architecture — from the trauma of tuberculosis to more recent disorders such as burn-out syndrome, ADHD, allergies, and the environmentally hypersensitive unable to live in the modern world.

Diagnostic tools from X-Rays to MRIs and beyond radically transformed privacy and publicity in the twentieth century, reshaping architecture. Beatriz Colomina suggests that if we want to talk about the state of architecture today, we should look to the dominant obsessions with illness and the latest techniques of imaging the body — and ask what effects they have on the way we conceive, represent and experience architecture.

This event is supported by the James A. Cox Distinguished Lecture endowment.

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